Saw this last week in the stores. But I read a lousy review of it which I don't trust. So, having had some time to spend with this, 3LB, what's your current opinion. I loved OOTC.
I'm not crazy about it...I loved OOTC right outta the box. Its kinda curious to me, Lindsey seems to be going through a midlife crisis, but on OOTC, he sounded like he was past that and moving on. Here's a lyric sample from the woe-is-me first track:
Reading the paper, saw a review said I was a visionary, but nobody knew Now that's been a problem, feeling unseen just like I was living in somebody's dream
What am I doing anyway? Telling myself it's not too late
Waaaahhh!!!!! What's the matter, Lindsey...feeling irrelevant? How 'bout not making your already small fanbase wait, oh say, 14 years twix releases?
This album should suffice for most Buckingham fans but I still stand by my first assessment. I know that OOTC was intermittenly reflective and brooding in spots, but the production was superb and flowed great as an album, and from a lyrical and musical perspective, it remains his most realized effort to date. This new one is very sparse, somewhat like his stuff on FM'sTusk album. This album seems more like a collection of songs and does show flashes of his brilliance (like tracks 2,7,10 and 11), but isn't consistant like OOTC was. I also find it curious that, along with sharing the same depressing tone, this album suffers the from the same over-compressed sound that marred the last Fleetwood Mac album, which is ironic, given the level of intimacy for which Buckingham seems to be trying to convey.
I hope he follows this one up sooner than a decade or he will realize the theme of the first track to fruision. And that would be a shame.